• Wild Thought: Is Joba A Lock?

    Posted by on January 27th, 2009 · Comments (4)

    Here’s today’s wild thought…

    Let’s say that Joba Chamberlain has a truly rough Spring Training this year…say, he can’t even retire 40 batters during exhibition games and has an ERA of 7.98 in the process.

    And, while this is happening, Phil Hughes is lights-out in the exhibition games – throwing 21 innings while allowing only 6 hits and 2 earned runs.

    If this happens, what do you do with Joba’s place in the starting rotation? Do you swap him out and give Hughes the slot? Or, do you ignore Spring Training stats and go by what you saw during the regular season last year?

    It’s more than just a wild thought. Actually, it’s a heckuva question, no?

    Comments on Wild Thought: Is Joba A Lock?

    1. MJ
      January 27th, 2009 | 1:59 pm

      As far as I’m concerned, you go with Joba no matter what. Phil can have a lights-out spring but I still want him to earn it. That means he’s gotta go to AAA, continue dominating as he did in the AAA playoffs, and come back when the door opens for him (as it surely will within the first month of the season when AJ Burnett channels his inner Pavano).

    2. Raf
      January 27th, 2009 | 2:17 pm

      Yeah, even if Hughes is lights out, they’re not going to move Joba for him.

      But they will find a spot for Hughes on the staff if he dominates AAA.

    3. handtius
      January 27th, 2009 | 7:05 pm

      Joba is a starter. That is it. Unless he proves otherwise, over a long period of time, he starts.

    4. Viper
      January 27th, 2009 | 11:41 pm

      No, no, and no.

      Joba is a starter. Period.

      If you recall, Joba didn’t have a great Spring Training last year while both Kennedy and Hughes did.

      I don’t have to remind you that the stats didn’t translate up north for any of these guys once they left Tampa.

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